Man who took bribes for military base work gets prison term


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who took bribes in a scheme involving construction projects at two New Jersey military bases is now headed to prison.

Kevin Leondi received a five-year sentence Wednesday. The 58-year-old Stroudsburg man had pleaded guilty last October to two conspiracy counts.

Federal prosecutors say Leondi solicited and accepted more than $150,000 in bribes in the form of cash, the sale of unneeded equipment and work performed at his personal property.

Leondi was employed by the Army as a contract specialist and served as liaison with contractors seeking work at Picatinny Arsenal and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

Picatinny is a center for research and development of weapons systems and ammunition. Joint Base McGuire includes the installations formerly known separately as McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix, and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station.

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